Building A Windows PC For £170 ($270)...

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  1. Goftrey macrumors 68000

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    I've been looking around for a while and I think I might build a custom PC, a nice budget tower, I've been looking at components and these are the cheapest, best quality to value I can find

    Specs for my PC build (if it goes ahead)...


    - 2.7ghz AMD Sempron 140 Single Core Processor

    - 2gb Kingston ValueRAM DDR2 SDRAM

    - Nvidia Geforce 7025 Intergrated graphics with 256mb shared VRAM on an Asrock N68C-S UCC AM2+ Micro-ATX motherboard

    - LiteOn CD/DVD-RW Optical Drive (22x DVD, 48x CD)

    - Western Digital Cavier 160gb 3.5" SATA Hard Drive Disk

    - Windows 7 Ultimate

    - CiT CSCiT2003BLK Midi Case Prescott 24pin SATA Case With A 450W PSU


    All of this will cost me £170, I've never built a PC before being a teenager but I know my way around a computer pretty darn well. Is it worth it for the money? How much would I be able to sell it on for? What games will I be able to play on it?

    Thanks guys, I posted it here because it's in a non-Mac specific section and I'm not a member of a Windows forum ;) :apple:
     
  2. TSE macrumors 68030

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    I would honestly save up and go to the $400-$500 mark and afford AMD's Llano or perhaps AMD Bulldozer processor/motherboard for really cheap. That way you don't need to buy a graphics card as the integrated graphics on both are pretty good.
     
  3. Goftrey thread starter macrumors 68000

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    The Nvidia 7025 That I've Been Looking At Is Intergrated Into The Motherboard.
     
  4. balamw Moderator

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    A "budget" desktop PC is essentially a throwaway, you generally won't be able to resell it for much, so that should not be a consideration.

    Let's turn it around. What do you want to play or do with your new PC?

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  5. TSE macrumors 68030

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    The AMD solution I pointed out will be much better bang for buck and I doubt that nVidia 7025 can do much of anything... the AMD solution's graphics are much superior.
     
  6. Goftrey thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Uhh... COD6? GTA San Andreas, GTA Vice City, GTA 3, COD4, Test Drive Unlimited, Fifa...?

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    The graphics card is the main thing for me, so if the 7025 isn't kicking, any good value video cards out there that you know of?
     
  7. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    Yeah...you're gonna have to spend a couple more hundred in order to play those games.
     
  8. Firestar macrumors 68020

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    The integrated graphics are in the processor.

    You're going to have to spend a decent amount more to get to play those games. I'm not really familiar with AMD processors, but to play those games you'd need something more mid range than low range.

    I'd probably suggest 4GB DDR3 RAM. It isn't that expensive.

    The WD HD is kinda small. I'd say at least go for a 320GB if you want some future proofing.

    Edit: The graphics card isn't everything in the system. Everything plays into the system's ability.
     
  9. firestarter macrumors 603

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    Wouldn't you get more bang for buck with a console?
     
  10. Thetonyk123 macrumors 68000

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    pc gaming is just dieing :eek:
     
  11. firestarter macrumors 603

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    Why is that a problem if consoles are so powerful?
     
  12. OutThere macrumors 603

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    I'd agree with that. Plus with a console you never have to worry about system requirements or how an individual game will perform, and they take many years to become outdated.
     
  13. leftywamumonkey macrumors 6502a

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    Are they actually powerful? Or is it restricting growth in the quality of games? I donno.
     
  14. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    Okay so what I did was make essentially a file server, for $300 (US). It consisted of a 1.8ghz CPU, and an integrated video card. Repeat after me: Do not skimp out on the motherboard, unless you want to replace it. I did that once, I will never do it again. (I also got a cheap Asrock motherboard. It was a good rock, but not so good a motherboard)

    Likewise, you'll need a much better video card. Spend an extra $100 (USD) for a better motherboard, CPU, and more RAM. You'll thank yourself in the end.
     
  15. leftywamumonkey macrumors 6502a

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    Some people skimp on the PSU :(
     
  16. Goftrey thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Okay guys, you've kind of completely put me off this idea... :p

    So I'm gonna' turn this thread on it's head and ask if you can upgrade the graphics card in a PowerMac G5?

    I love these machines and they seem real good value for money, I can get a dual 2.0gz, 4gb RAM, 320gb HDD, Leopard etc. for £150. I wouldn't be getting one of the liquid cooled ones as they have problems written all over them.

    But is Mac a good gaming platform?

    Thanks guys again :rolleyes:

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    I've got an Xbox 360 ;)
     
  17. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Not a G5 Mac.
     
  18. maflynn Moderator

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    I'd also go so far as to state even a performance PC is a throw away. I built a nice core i7 PC with some very nice components but if I opted to sell that, I'd get almost nothing. I'm not upset about it, but its a fact, PCs sell for so little these days.
     
  19. Goftrey thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Okay then, If I were to look on eBay now, with a budget of £170

    What kind of computer would I get (2nd Hand of course)?
     
  20. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    A PC where you wouldn't be able to game.



    Get an xbox, or even a PS3. Much better gaming system for less price.


    A G5 is not a good gaming machine. You're going to have to buy one of the newer Macbook Pros and/or iMacs to be able to game, and even then, you'd have to boot into Windows for most games. The Mac gaming community is pretty small, but rising.
     
  21. Firestar macrumors 68020

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    You're not going to be able to play those games with your budget.

    If you already have an Xbox, then why do you want to build a PC for gaming?
     
  22. yg17 macrumors G5

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    A computer that could barely handle Solitaire and Minesweeper.
     
  23. Goftrey thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Hey! I always used to play Minesweeper when I was little on my Windows 98 Tower!

    I just fancy building a PC to be honest, I just thought as I'm gonna' build one I might aswell get one with a decent graphics chip. Remember this too, the most powerful machine I've ever used is a core 2 duo 2.0ghz Desktop with 2gb RAM and a Geforce 9600 GT graphics cards so I'm the kind of person who would appreciate a lower end machine more, only ever having single core Intel machines and PowerPC Macs.

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    I have a friend who has a 7025 and he play MW2 on there on minimum settings and he gets 20fps so... :eek:
     
  24. blueroom macrumors 603

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    Buy a console instead, Xbox 360 comes to mind.
     
  25. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    Okay, then appreciate your games not being able to run on them. In order to play modern games, you need modern hardware.


    Is that even worth playing? What are the specs of his computer?

    If you want to build a tower, go ahead and build one - don't expect it to run games at that price. If you want it to run games, shell out about double (At least around $650 to get a somewhat decent gaming machine.
     

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